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Clip for front caliper on '84 aspencade?

As I was moving the caliper assembly back to remove the front tire, I heard this thin clip hit the floor. I thought at first it came from the speed sensor, but it appears to fit the space just in front of the pads. Is that some kind of retainer clip?
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It goes on the caliper bracket just above the caliper.

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Thanks Ken. Is it supposed to snap into place?

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Thanks Ken. Is it supposed to snap into place?
I think it was a friction fit when new.

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Looks like part 17 in the attached diagram.
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It's called a retainer. What it retains, I have no clue but they are still available, new.
I have learned to bend the little tangs a bit to help them stay in place.
I'd bet half the GL12s out there don't have those any more.
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Correct.

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It's called a retainer. What it retains, I have no clue but they are still available, new.
I have learned to bend the little tangs a bit to help them stay in place.
I'd bet half the GL12s out there don't have those any more.
I put new ones on mine cause they were gone.

The function of the retainers is to help the pads float. Between the retainer and the slide pin the pad should wear evenly. Of course the pistons need to do their part by retracting.

I fully expect Ken to correct me if I'm wrong.

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Mystery solved!

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It goes on the caliper bracket just above the caliper.
You are so right Ken. Mystery solved. I bent the two little tabs in so they would grip the holes in the bracket and presto! I discovered the location when the right-side clip fell off this morning. I looked straight up from where it landed, and it was pretty obvious where it came from. Thanks!
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